Watch for Nelson, BC Cantando Festival coming in 2014!
THE CANTANDO FESTIVAL IS COMING TO THE UNITED STATES!
South Beach - Miami, Florida will host the Cantando festival every Monday and Tuesday in March, 2014! Ensembles simply pick the most convenient time to travel . . . either March 3/4, March 10/11, March 17/18, March 24/25, March 31/April 1, 2014. More information on this festival to come soon!!!!
is the Cantando Festival?
A non-competitive festival designed for North American school wind
ensembles, concert bands, jazz bands, and choirs utilizing some basic
tenets necessary to promote quality music education. These basic tenets
- Promoting REPERTOIRE OF THE HIGHEST ARTISTIC NATURE both in the selections expected for performance as well as repertoire performed by guest ensembles
- EVALUATIONS AND CLINICS are all designed to cultivate growth and a love of serious music-making utilizing a realistic, yet musical approach to assist with improved musical performance
- UTILIZING THE BEST TEACHER/PERFORMERS people that understand both kids and music and the critical combination of inspiration, knowledge, and artistic growth are the only ones that work for this festival
- EXPOSING STUDENTS TO PERFORMANCES BY SERIOUS ENSEMBLES
we've included both university and professional groups of the
highest level and specified the repertoire we want performed. Both
standard repertoire of significant worth and new and substantial
pieces will be performed including quality works for professional
- SUFFICIENT TIME FOR PERFORMANCE AND CLINICS 20 minutes of performance/setup time for Class 2 and 3, 30 minutes for Class 4, 5, and 6 Concert Bands, 30 minutes for all jazz bands and choirs. 50 minute ensemble workshops occur the day following your performance (concert band) or directly after your performance (choirs and jazz ensembles) as well as 50 minute specific instrumental and vocal workshops are available in the early morning and early afternoon each day.
Under the direction of DR. DENNIS PRIME, the festival emphasizes repertoire of a musical nature repertoire that introduces and expands the musical horizons of all students involved.
The schedule allows musical groups:
- An opportunity to perform on a great stage in one of North America's
finest music halls
- Opportunities to hear the performances of other school groups in a professional venue
- Evaluation by the finest adjudicators familiar with the level of performance
- Lengthy ensemble clinic sessions
- Evening performances featuring major performing ensembles with guest artists sponsored by the music industry
- 50 minute instrumental clinic sessions on flute, clarinet, double
reed, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, low brass, double bass
and percussion occur daily with junior high level in the morning
and senior high in the afternoon.
- Opportunities to hear performances by professional and student
virtuosi throughout the day including solos and ensembles as well
as exciting performances by contemporary classical musicians.
What Makes Cantando Special?
The Cantando Festival employs only adjudicators and clinicians
of the highest stature, those that have achieved success in their
fields and those that continue to have a major impact upon music
education. The opportunity to work with these artists in an educational
setting for long periods of time is a major facet of the festival.
In the past artists have included Allan McMurray from the University
of Colorado, Eugene Corporon from the University of North Texas,
Thomas Dvorak from the University of Wisconsin, Dale Lonis and
Fraser Linklater from the University of Manitoba, William Street,
Fordyce Pier, Leonard Ratzlaff from the University of Alberta,
Marvin Eckroth and Dean McNeill from the University of Saskatchewan
as well as a host of other prominent music educators. Performing
ensembles have included ensembles from all of the major western
Canadian universities as well as groups from the American Midwest.
Several local professional ensembles are featured also.